10 questions to ask during your Health MOT

Chris Foster Chris Foster Nuffield Health Professional Head of Fitness
Having a Health MOT is an excellent first step to improving your fitness. Get the most out of your Health MOT by asking the right questions.

If you’ve booked your Health MOT, you’re already on the right path to achieving and maintaining a good level of fitness. You’ll meet with a Health Mentor or Wellbeing Personal Trainer who are personal trainers who are highly skilled in a wide range of health and wellbeing areas. They will take several measures of your health and fitness, discuss your goals and devise the next stage in your fitness programme.

Your membership includes at least two free Health MOTs every year, helping you to benchmark your progress and adapt your programme as you improve.

Health MOTs are a two-way conversation, and the more you put into them, the more you will get out. So here are some questions you might want to think about asking your personal trainer:

1. I have a health condition, how might this affect my programme?
Exercise is important for everyone, but if you have a health condition it can feel like it gets in the way of staying fit and active. You’ll be asked during your Health MOT if you have any pre-existing conditions, and these will be taken into consideration to design a programme that suits your abilities and help you make the most out of your fitness. In some situations if there are health concerns you might be referred to a GP who will be able to help you further.

2. How can I maintain motivation throughout my programme?
For many people a lack of motivation is the reason they give up on fitness. We all have at least one motivation, but we need to constantly remind ourselves of it, adapt our routine to ensure that we don’t get bored and set achievable targets in order to benefit from the feeling of success. Our personal trainers are trained in coaching and will work with you to find the best motivators for your programme.

3. I have an event coming up. How can I prepare? 
Events are no longer reserved for elite athletes with countless fun runs, triathlons, sportives and marathons now taking place throughout the UK. These provide a great opportunity to set yourself an achievable fitness goal and remain motivated ahead of the event. Your personal trainer will be able to shape your programme appropriately, and as most have a sporting specialism too, they’ll be well placed to support you along the way.

4. How can nutrition support my fitness programme?
What you eat can have a huge impact on your performance in sports as well as your overall wellbeing and ability to meet fitness goals. Our Health Mentors are trained in nutrition as well as fitness, sleep, stress and coaching and can also refer you to our highly trained nutritional therapists for more in-depth support.

5. I’d like my gym time to be more social, what groups can I join or take part in?
Going to the gym should be fun, and nothing makes it more fun than doing it with friends. There’s lots of ways you can be more social at the gym. From day passes for friends to social clubs within the centre and group exercise classes. Your personal trainer will be able to fill you in on the unique offering at your centre.

6. What do these tests tell me about my health?
During your Health MOT you’ll receive a number of medical tests including blood pressure and blood glucose testing. These tests will be used to determine your baseline levels of health and fitness and to help determine achievable goals. Your personal trainer will be able to provide more information on the tests, or you can find out more in these films. 

7. I don’t really enjoy coming to the gym, how can I make it more enjoyable?
Keeping your time at the gym interesting is one way to encourage you to continue with your fitness. With so much equipment at your fingertips, there’s no end to the challenges that you can set yourself to keep it enjoyable. Your personal trainer will be able to advise you on the most appropriate routines for you and will fill you in on some of the many ‘Club in Club’ social activities that you might be interested in - there are running clubs at most sites, for example.

8. What can I do at home to support my progress?
The ultimate goal is for fitness to become a part of your routine, so that you stick to it in the long term. A great way to do this is to dedicate time to fitness outside of the gym environment. Your personal trainer will be able to discuss the options available to you based on your lifestyle, location and health. You can also take advantage of some of our online exercises and workouts available on Nuffield Health's YouTube channel.

9. I workout really hard but can't seem to lose weight. Am I just this shape?
Everybody is unique, and that's what makes us interesting. Some people have broader shoulders, or longer legs, or bigger hips, for example. No one body shape is 'perfect' or 'right', and it's important to accept your underlying body shape. But excess fat and under-used muscle will also have an effect on your body shape.

The type, regularity, intensity and duration of workouts you do will affect your ability to lose weight and if you're struggling to lose weight it may be that your routine needs to be adapted. Your personal trainer will be able adapt your programme to suit your body goals. It’s also worth noting that weight loss may not be obvious if you are losing body fat but building lean muscle tissue, so having your waist to hip ratio measured in a Health MOT and considering other indicators such as how your clothes fit will enable you to see changes that the scales may not show.

10. What other services do you provide that I could take advantage of?
Nuffield Health is the only provider in the UK that offers gyms, hospitals, physiotherapy, GP services, diagnostics, nutritional therapy, emotional wellbeing and beauty treatments.

If you have a niggling health concern, ask your personal trainer who can advise on the best path.

Last updated Wednesday 3 January 2018